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The United States Supreme Court on Monday backed President Donald Trump's ban on travellers from six Muslim-majority countries until it reviews it later this year.

People from those countries would need to show that they have a close relationship with a person or entity in the U.S.in order to enter.

Leon Fresco, deputy assistant attorney general for the Office of Immigration Litigation in President Barack Obama's Justice Department, said the effect would seem to be limited to two types of visa seekers who don't have family or other US ties: those seeking to come to the U.S.as visitors, or those seeking to enter through a lottery meant for people from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the U.S.

The court did two things: it agreed to evaluate the ban next term, and, in the meantime, the court overturned the decisions of lower courts, saying that Trump's administration could enforce its immigration ban against certain people while it waited for the Supreme Court to hear arguments and decide the case.

Some immigration lawyers said the limited nature of the ban and the silence of the court's liberals on the issue Monday suggested that the court had not handed Trump much of a victory. The cases will be properly heard by the court in October. The president announced the travel ban a week after he took office in January and revised it in March after setbacks in court.

MSU has 18 worldwide students from the six predominantly Muslim countries affected by the Trump administration's travel ban.

The Supreme Court's opinion paves the way for ban to go into effect in as little as 72 hours.

"But they're justices on the Supreme Court", Ingraham said.

The court did not address the merits of the First Amendment issues or the other legal issues that formed the basis of the Fourth and Ninth Circuit decisions.

The court tempered its ruling by saying the ban could not be implemented against people who have personal links to the U.S., citing the examples of foreign nationals wishing to visit family or students accepted to attend university.

The Trump administration argued that Syria, Iran, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia were included in the ban, in part, because they were considered to be too unstable to provide reliable information for proper vetting of visa applicants.

The legal challengers to the ban include a man whose wife had sought a visa and a Hawaii doctor who wanted his Syrian mother-in-law to come to the United States.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals later stayed both the six-country ban and cessation of the refugee program.

Trump hailed the court's order as a "clear victory for our national security", especially after lower court rulings that blocked the travel ban in its entirety.

This does not mean the court is going to ultimately uphold the ban, which they made clear in the ruling. The executive order states the suspension is necessary to allow the government to implement "adequate standards.to prevent infiltration by foreign terrorists".

The six predominantly Muslim countries which fall under Donald Trump's controversial travel ban all have one thing in common: the Trump Organisation has not done business or pursued potential deals there.


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